[BOOKS] ✪ Touch the Dark By Karen Chance – Horse-zine.co.uk

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 307 pages
  • Touch the Dark
  • Karen Chance
  • English
  • 19 December 2019
  • 9780451460936

10 thoughts on “Touch the Dark

  1. says:

    What can I say about Touch The Dark by Karen Chance First of all there are vampires Yes Second of all, there is a heroine and a few sexy vamps around Yes Then there is Cleopatra, Dracula s brother, Eustache Dauger, Rasputin, The Oracle, Raphael I m pretty sure they re referring to Raphael Sanzio da Urbino , Kit Marlowe, Jack the Ripper and whatever other historic celebrities that Chance can possibly dream up.It s almost like she s jumping up and down, waving her arms screaming, I know history and stuff and I found it a tad overkill.Also, as I m sure many have mentioned, there is a problem in this story with info dumps I read people complaining about this but I don t think I could possibly get the full info dump memo until I read this book myself I m shitting you not, this book has serious problems with info dumps.I ll give an example.Imagine I m writing a totally awesome review That wouldn t be hard to do, right And in the middle of explaining something, using one of my usual, snarky, totally catchphrase worthy lines, I start mumbling about the scientific explanation behind why the sky is blue Obviously, because it s me, you re still riveted but you can t help but wonder when I intend to start talking about shit that actually matters.Like that Well, Chance does this all the time They were in the middle of a certain death battle when Cassandra Palmers starts giving a detailed explanation in the form, function and differing types of wards and what her history is with them What is this, a Hogwarts classroom I don t care how wards work as long as you get back to telling me whether that vampire ripped your long winded throat out They literally spend two thirds of the book in a single room just talking about stuff I couldn t even really sum up what they were talking about They were all just talking and I found myself drowning in a faintly reminiscent feeling That feeling that you get when you suddenly realize HOLY SHIT I M READING ANITA BLAKE S ILLEGITIMATE SPAWN Don t Just don t.Also, Mircea, Chance, Hamilton called, she wants Jean Claude back in his leather pants and pansy ass girly erotica shirts before you send him home is totally, totally a pedobear I m sorry, Cassandra s been his since she was twelve Very disturbing when coupled with Cassandra s recollection of spending hours sitting in Mircea s lap and doing his hair.Mircea, meet my friend Chris Hansen Chris Hansen, why don t you ask Mircea to have a seat.Other than the squick factor I found Mircea and the other men in this book infinitely sexier and better than the ones in Anita Blake so that s a positive at least.This book does something it should never have done and that was to mess with time travel Note avoid messing with time travel because invariably you will bugger it all up Time travel is a tricky concept You can t just go change things in history willy nilly It doesn t really work like that and Chance doesn t quite manage to adequately pull off the time travel aspect in the novel.Despite all its flaws, I m kind of interested to see where this series goes Unfortunately, my library doesn t stock the rest of the series so that means I ll have to wait a while Over all, the writing was okay, the characters were interesting even if there were way too many historical guest appearances for my tastes The moral to the story is that it shows promise of good action, sexiness and wit Just my kind of thing even if men with long hair isn t.

  2. says:

    2.5 Stars I m conflicted over this one, as most readers have been My main problem is that I ve already read the Anita Blake series, and Touch the Dark is so similar that you almost have to wonder why she wasn t called out on plagiarism I could be being unfair, but it s not like I can unread or block out the books and series I ve already read I apologize if you re reading this and haven t read the Anita Blake series at all, and it s very possible you ll enjoy Touch the Dark if you haven t, but I can t help but compare the two.When I first started, Cassie really felt like old Anita to me She seemed head strong, independent, always running from trouble, and obviously there was something special about her I liked old Anita so I wasn t turned off by these similarities I also really enjoyed her ghost friends and her abilities, I thought they were refreshing and very interesting, but unfortunately underused.What I was turned off by were the male characters, because I had felt like I d already met them before Mircea was the book s saving grace though, and I think that s because he reminds me of old Jean Claude He s sexy, dangerous, and cunning, but still cares for Cassie, albeit in a very pragmatic way.Chance s penchant for giving her men long crazy hair was almost an instant turn off for me I don t mind shoulder length hair on a guy, but any longer and I can only think that he s going to be high maintenance and all that hair is just going to get in the way during sex Plus, this is yet another thing that Laurell K Hamilton overuses as well.I know there s a faction on this site that swears by Pritkin s sexiness, but I found him to be like a yapping ankle biting dog that you just want to punt across the room I think he s the type of person that grows on you, maybe At this point I don t hate him, but that s because I don t even care about him enough to bother with the emotion He also reminds me of Richard with his ignorance and preaching, especially about how vampires are monsters, while he himself uses magic to maim and kill I hate Richard now so much that I can t even remember liking him Pritkin seems to be just like him with his hypocrisy and temper tantrums.I didn t really get that big of a feel for Louis Cesare, yet he did remind me of Asher in a way with how he was tortured and used for sex But as for Louis Cesare s personality, I didn t really get much and I m not attached to him at all.In the beginning, Tomas reminded me of Nathaniel with the obvious comparison of being a lost boy living on the street selling his body He wasn t what he seemed though and I was bothered by what happens with him the most I m kind of disappointed where she took his character and it honestly didn t feel like that s the way things would have played out.Aside from the carbon copy characters, the other thing that I was disappointed with was the use of historical figures At first it was kind of neat, but then it just became silly and I rolled my eyes at having Rasputin, Jack the Ripper, Dracula s brothers, Cleopatra, and Raphael all appearing on the pages It s one thing to have Elvis running around Bon Temps, but when than half of your characters are people you didn t even create, it makes me wonder if you have a hard time coming up with your own ideas.Now if you can look past these things, it s still possible you might be unhappy with her writing style Chance seems to think that telling us what happened and bombarding us with information is better than letting the events play out naturally I was aware of the giant info dumps before I started so they didn t bother me as much as they might someone else I really wanted dialogue though, because she does do a good job with it.Another big thing that I hate that LKH does in both her series, is explaining something to the reader, and then a few pages later explaining the same thing to a character Chance unfortunately does this a few times as well, although she s nowhere as bad as LKH Just skip the explanation for the reader, we can learn things along with the characters just fine.I have to say, as something positive, I was excited when I got to the first really sexy scene Mircea is HOT and what he says and does to Cassie practically scorches the pages But Cassie Oh Cassie She should just shut her mouth Her need for answers and her horrible timing really pissed me off I swear this book must hold the record for the longest foreplay ever, and at the end I was shaking my fist at Raphael, enraged Even though it wasn t his fault The time travel aspect kind of made me mad too, for its faulty logic You can t go back in time to fix something, if you do, you won t need to go back in time to fix it As a hypothetical example, say you accidentally hit someone with your car and kill them You have the ability to go back in time so you go back a few hours and maybe hide your car keys on yourself so you leave later and miss the accident The accident doesn t happen so the person lives So you have no reason to go back in time now and this creates a paradox because the you that went back in time doesn t exist If you go back in time so someone doesn t die, then you won t have to go back in time because that person didn t die I know there are other theories out there but this is the one that I believe Chance sort of gets around this paradox in a way, but she does it sloppily Honestly though, this wasn t even my biggest gripe of the whole novel so it didn t influence my rating all that much.Most of all, I think Chance just tried to cram too many things into a first book I never felt confused though and I was never lost, but she could have spread a couple of the storylines over a few books to really flesh things out The info dumps were poorly done and most of the characters were flat and unoriginal I do like Cassie though, and I thought it was odd that a lot of people that had the same problems as me found her to be annoying I like her in the way I used to like Anita She has some of the same annoying characteristics, and I don t mind if a character has flaws, but if it gets to the point where Cassie doesn t learn and grow, then I might agree with other reviewers down the line I also loved loved loved Mircea and I m anxious to read about him He really saved the novel for me and he makes me glad I bought the whole series.I ll read the next book sometime soon since Touch the Dark had an unresolved ending, but I m really hoping that a lot of the problems I had with this book decrease greatly in the next Otherwise, I ll probably feel the same way I do about the Anita Blake series now disappointed and frustrated.

  3. says:

    If I had to use one word to describe this book it would be busy Not so action packed, although there was plenty of that, but the fact that every magical creature, mythology, urban legend, religious legend, and infamous historical person you can think of was included in this story It s like when someone decides to order a pizza and puts so many toppings on it that it really doesn t resemble a pizza any.What the hell is going on here Here is a breakdown of SOME of what s included in this story Cassandra Palmer our heroine Raised with vampires, a clairvoyant, but , sees dead people, has a ghost side kick, is running from a hit man vampire, is a virgin, but has a magical vagina because all the vamps want a piece of that.Gangster Vampires bad guys trying to kill Cassy because she ratted out their organization to the cops who don t believe in vampires, but they got them on tax evasion.Ruler Vampires bad good guys who are led by Cleopatra yes, THE Cleopatra, not Cleopatra Smith who want to protect Cassy as long as she is willing to have sex with one of them and be their tool forever Oh, and by the by, Jack the Ripper is in this group Rebel Vampires bad guys who are led by Rasputin yes, THAT Rasputin, not Cleo Smith s husband and are trying to kill the ruler vamps to take over.Satyrs they are cocktail servers in a casino and some of them may or may not shift into rats.Wererats see above.Dark Mages bad guys who are siding with Rasputin.Light Mages represented by a guy name Pritkin who is kind of an asshole and really gun crazy He hates Cassy and calls her a whore even though she s our special virgin They also want to get their hands on Cassy to control her power.Witches not sure if this means that the mages are only male, but our asshole mage calls Cassy a witch as an insult If so, this is so sexist Why is it that strong men are called powerful and strong women are called witches SMHFey we only meet an evil little Tinkerbelle, but there is reference to a lot of them.Werewolves cameo appearance to remind us that weres and vamps don t like each other In case we forgot.Ghosts Cassy has a ghost side kick and apparently there are many different kinds of them too.Time traveling it s a thing in this story.And yet, somehow, this ends up being pretty fun Cassy is not too stupid to live, but is pretty cynical and sarcastic, which I like But, she s also NOT a badass like Kate or Mercy or Cat, so don t be disappointed that she runs away from trouble I personally think that running away would be my thing too if I was one of these characters I would like to be a badass, but I notice that they seem to get hurt a lot, and I would rather NOT get hurt So, I would leave the badassery to the supes and just run for my life Let the things that heal fast take the hits.Okay, I think you are ready to read this book now You ve been prepped.

  4. says:

    This is a really hard book to rate It s very good, but at the same time, I had some serious issues reading it Let s talk about some of my issues first get the bad news out of the way first 1 It seemed very cramped What I mean by this is, action scene would flow into action scene It was hard to keep up and catch my breath I needed a departure between these to get my bearings.2 I really think that there needed to be dialogue It would have flowed better The narrative style was too explanatory, instead of using dialogue and character action to show what was going on I think she really needed to use, she said and he said , because I got lost trying to figure out who was talking.3 I often felt confused because of scenes changing somewhat abruptly That made it hard to keep up 4 Some of the Senate political discussions were a little dry at times.Good things 1 This story felt unique and different I have read quite a bit of urban fantasy, and this didn t seem like a rehash to me It s a very good idea, having the heroine be such a powerful seer In general, I m not fond of the heroine being the focus of desire of all the men in a book But I liked how Karen Chance textured this book so that the motivations were rich, instead of it just being about sexual attraction or admiration I definitely have to give her credit It s my hope that it doesn t become a sexual free for all like another series I once enjoyed but kicked to the curb.2 The action was fantastic There were a lot of high octane moments where the characters had to fight for their lives I love good action, and Ms Chance didn t pull her punches This book really had a cinematic feel that I never fail to find appealing in a good urban fantasy novel There was a lot of violence, but this is a violent world It fit very well with the storyline.3.I loved Ms Chance s different use of magic in this story it really caught my interest I like how the vampires, war mages, seers, and were all come together to make this book so rich 4.The main characters have engrossed me, so that I want to keep reading I d like to see where things go with Mircea in his pursuit of Cassie What s the deal with Pritkin Why is he so intense are questions I want to keep reading to get answers to Louis Cesare, quite an enigma The men are attractive, but they are than eye candy Each one is different with distinct elements to his personality More please Lastly, Cassie She s young and somewhat clueless in this story But she has some emotional strength that makes her a good protagonist She s not a Mary Sue, but a character I want to follow to see how she evolves over time.Definitely, this book has some downpoints that made it hard to read Yet, I wanted to keep reading, even though I had to keep putting it down and taking breaks I wasn t disappointed with Karen Chance s first effort On the contrary, I was impressed This book is something unique and establishes her place in the world of urban fantasy Bring on Cassie Palmer adventures Overall rating 3.5 5.0 stars.

  5. says:

    I was supposed to BR this in fall but got sidetracked Oops Touch the Dark is a fun PNR read It revolves around Cassie the clairvoyant, who s brought up by and now on the run from vampire mafia She lives with an uber sexy roommate who shows up in her bed naked occasionally but Cassie s somehow still a virgin Romance novel logic and her ghost familiar, a cowboy hustler The mafia locates Cassie at her job in a club again, a virgin So she goes on the run.In terms of supernatural elements, it dabbles in everything We ve got ghosts, vamps, shifters, fae, magic, dragons , psychics, even time travel Honestly, it was a bit overloaded with fantasy I wish Karen Chance had left some things untouched, at least until the later books of the series I also wish the author was careful when adding view spoiler time travel to the plot you end up with all kinds of complications butterfly effect, etc when characters go back in time and change the past All of the possible complications were totally ignored in Touch the Dark hide spoiler

  6. says:

    I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the obituary The fact that it had my name on it was sort of a clue In the beginning, the writing style seems to be dry and dense, no dialogues, only Cassie rambles on for endless pages But don t let it warn you off Because what she rambles on about is very important, containing essential facts about that really complex and believable fantasy world Ms Chance has created Cassie s narration is descriptive she is not only telling you the story of her adventures, but she also has time for anecdotes and flashbacks.The first half of the book is loaded with information, and you really have to pay attention to understand everything The second half is full of surprises, twists and turns, betrayal, mystery, and magic Oh, the magic So much magic So thoughtfully and precisely delineated Magical items, many different spells, time travel, spirit attachment, body possession There was no way to deny it somehow, I had ended up in Tomas body Which left the question, who the hell was in mine I loved the wide variety of paranormal creatures vampires, mages, satyrs, were beings, witches, ghosts, pixies, golems I just stood there, not able to believe I was watching a pixie have a conversation with a shrunken head I think that was about the time I gave up on logic and just decided to go with the flow Ms Chance created a solid base for her series Touch the Dark is a really good start It is not a schematized, simplified story This world has rules, continuity, logic for example the very simple and logical hierarchy of the vampire society New characters, species, and terms are smoothly introduced, fictitious history waved into the story without difficulty Generally I m not keen on history, but I do love this deviant, offbeat history And Ms Chance s interpretation is very convincing I believed her every word The second half of the book is nonstop action, meanwhile the reader also has to follow the complicated politics and conspiracy of this world.CassieShe is a clairvoyant she is able to see not only into the future, but into the past as well She can communicate with ghosts By the end of the story, she is becoming the keeper of an unmatched power that is the very essence of her character Her strength and persistence is very impressive, as she doesn t let others influence and control her She is funny in her observations, and very clear sighted as for herself, and also for the situations around her I really enjoyed her narration.MirceaI m totally in love with him I love this type of man elegant, composed, but also dangerous and sexy Cassandra is mine, Mircea told him in a voice that could have melted glass Touch her again and, Circle or no, I will bring you over and ensure that you spend the rest of eternity begging for death Pritkin is the direct opposite of Mircea hot tempered, vehement, unrestrainable Pritkin looked around the room with a sneer I was beginning to wonder if he had another expression His T shirt was crossed with enough ammunition to take out a platoon, and he had a tool belt slung low on his hips that, along with a strap across his back, looked like it carried one of every type of handheld weapon on the market I recognized a machete, two knives, a sawed off shotgun, a crossbow, two handguns one strapped to his thigh and a couple of honest to God grenades There were other things I couldn t identify, including a row of cork topped bottles along the front of the belt The getup, sort of mad scientist meets Rambo, would have made me smile, except that I believe in showing respect for someone carrying that much hardware Every character is distinguishable, meticulously drawn and engaging Billy Joe, Tomas, Louis Cesare, Rafe Chance s refined humor is also worth mentioning Hundreds of years can teach a person a few beauty tricks, I guess, but most vamps don t bother Some of the younger ones make an effort because it makes hunting easier, but most of the older ones don t give a damn When you can make someone believe you look like anything from Marilyn Monroe to Brad Pitt with merely a suggestion, makeup starts to look like a waste of money Touch the Dark is a superb urban fantasy, highly recommended Originally posted on my blog on July 12, 2013 My favorite quotes.

  7. says:

    3.5 starsEntertaining.I read the 4 first books of the series in a row Then, I reread them in a row again so I had them fresh to read the 5th one That means that I have them all scrambled in my mind right now which is why I can t review each of them separately This is a general opinion of the combination of the 5.This series have many elements that make it an entertaining and interesting read It has compelling plots, action, miseries to solve, enemies, romantic tension, magic, friendship, humor, a strong female lead, deaths, attractive men, fantastic creatures, time travel, vampires, and much much Nevertheless, I had a few problems with the books, which prevented me from giving them a higher rating To me these books have way too much action and the scenes are way too long The books are a succession of action after action without rest, no pause to collect our thoughts Due to this huge amount of action the information is dropped in the middle of it, which elongates the scenes As a result, this can be a bit tiresome at times With all that activity and turmoil, there is obviously no time for musings, there barely are any reflections we only know what the characters are thinking because of what they do in each moment while affronting the situation in the middle of the action I truly believe there is a serious need for dialogue and thoughts communication here, it needs deepness.The romance need to be explored further There is just enough of it as well as enough sexual tension to keep you interested, but not enough to trap you And after 5 books, it has become annoying to always be left wanting Mircea is your typical sexy vampire type In fact, he is so stereotypical that there are exact copies of him on many other Urban Fantasy books But I can t fault the writer much for this since it seems to work every time for most female readers Despite my issues with the series, all and all, these books are ok, stimulating and intriguing And, if I recall correctly, I liked the third one a bit than the others.I will continue reading this series.

  8. says:

    All this book has brought me are headdesks and shouts of, Why WHY The main character is ridiculously dense and unlikeable Through the whole book, Cassie is either freaking out unnecessarily, or getting angry over benign situations I m honestly surprised this character can even figure out how to put on her hooker wear in the morning she s brainless and I spent most of the book slapping my forehead at the stupid decisions she made The writing is terrible, mainly because the author can t even stand to stay in her own scenes long enough for them to go anywhere Chance does not know how to incorporate her characters backgrounds or even useless facts gracefully Instead of making it a smooth transition, or just gasp leaving out things that will never matter ever again, she steps out of the story, takes two or full pages to explain it and then comes back to the scene The problem with this is that, by the time you get back to the actual story, you re left feeling bewildered and wondering what end of the rabbit hole you just tumbled out of The characterisation is laughable at best, with all the vampires being nothing than one note rip offs of characters other authors previously made up The story clunks along, often making no sense, which is unfortunate I could handle a stump brained lead character if the the story going on around her made any sense and or was at all interesting This book did not engross me at all, past making me laugh at how inconsistant and bad it was.Overall I wouldn t recommend this book to anyone unless they were asking me for examples of unlikeable Mary Sues surrounded by uninteresting hijinks caused by brainless vampires Don t read the book certainly don t pay for it , but if you re interested in what happens, read my flog of it here I cover all the badness, but at least I make it funny

  9. says:

    I have finally found a new Urban Fantasy vampire series to rave about and it s about time The Cassandra Palmer Series is one you don t want to miss.I held off this book for so long because of all of the mixed reviews out there I had also started it like 6 times, but finally the next time I told myself I was going to read this and finish it, damn it And I did and I am so mad I held off, but bright side of that story is the fifth book has just came out.I am not going to go into much detail of the plot and story lines because those can take many many paragraphs, but this book was funny entertaining in the action packed side and the hilarious side of things I loved all of the characters and it was just one of those great reads.I really felt bad for the main character Cassie, because she has this great power, and everyone wants to claim her for themselves and control her and because of this she has had the worse childhood ever I really felt for her and hope she kicks ass and gains her Independence by the end of the series Let me get this straight First you decide I m a demon because of a power I didn t ask for and don t even understand Then when that falls through you label me a fallen sybil and a ho Am I missing something or do you just not like me We have three potential love interests, and by the end each of them gave me a reason to hate them all It is funny how author do that, yes I have hope that I will be able to pick which hottie within the next few books But the guys in this book, are oh, so super hot You think you have read a book with sexy vampires I think you really need to read this book to find out just how hot these vamps are I swear I loved every single one that had a main role in the book.There s Louis Cesar, Mircea, Tomas, Rafe.oooohhhhh All so hot Okay I done obsessing over my hottie vampires But, overall this book was amazing, my expectations were very low and I am just so glad that this book caught me so off guard I loved every moment and I can t wait to see what happens in the next Cassandra Palmer book.

  10. says:

    I read this book And stuff happens in it, but I truly couldn t tell you what because I haven t the foggiest idea what it was about This book is like that horror movie that has all the elements of a good, frightful time, but goes so over the top that it ruins the show.It started out auspiciously enough, with Cassandra Palmer in hiding from some sleazy vampires They had given chase, finally found her, and now she had to be on the run again Intriguing Then the dumping begins So much information was being dumped, it was like an avalanche The first one keeled me over and I remained buried under it even as was dumped on top Stuff happens I can t tell you what happened because my brain was hazed over from the info dump avalanches.It finally breaks through my brain haze that Cassie is about 17 years old That just feelsoff This whole world and the character set up doesn t feel like it s for about someone who is an adolescent Anyway, stuff happens, butyou know the drill Then this happened Cassandra gets into a sexual situation with a vampire who used to visit when she was younger EEEEWW I mean, think about it This man used to visit and let her play in his hair when she was five years old you know, like your favorite uncle used to do when he visited Now she s seventeen and he s going you ve always been mine, blah blah blah, and they re naked and things are happening That is just wrong and nasty I don t care if he s an ageless vampire He used to visit and let her play with him when she was five years old, for crying out loud Ew Anyway, even things happen, info is dumped, and I can t tell you a single thing that happened All in all, this book started out okay, but didn t interest me the series or the character because, well, I have no idea what is happening However, this series is rather popular, and I ve heard that the books become markedly better as you continue So continue on I will If nothing else, I hope I can figure out what happens from in the next book because, dammit, I wanna know what happened

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